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    > > > One way of solving this kind a stuff is to modify the linking order. This is
    > > > uggly and even circular dependencies might exist. the "--start-group ....
    > > > --end-group" aproach seems like a clean, tool-based solution:
    > > >
    > >
    > > A much better idea is to use ld -r and use .o files instead of .a
    > > files.
    >
    > No its not. You want archives so you dont simply link the entire mess
    > into the kernel. The same reason you want static libc as an archive of
    > object modules not a single .o
    >

    Obviously, but there are cases in the kernel (filesystems, for
    example), where .a's are used where .o's would make more sense.

    -hpa

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